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Abdelkader leads U.S. to win vs. Germans

Red Wings' forward scored twice to lead Americans into quarterfinals

Wednesday, 05.21.2014 / 9:59 AM ET / News
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Abdelkader leads U.S. to win vs. Germans

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MINSK, Belarus — United States captain Justin Abdelkader returned from a one-game suspension for a knee-on-knee hit and scored twice in a 5-4 win over Germany on Tuesday in its final group stage game at the ice hockey world championship.

“I felt pretty good as the game went on, pretty fresh,” Abdelkader said. “I just wanted to hopefully spark my team tonight and it was a big win for us.”

The United States finished second in Group B, two points ahead of Belarus. The U.S. will play the Czech Republic in the quarterfinals. All four quarterfinals games are scheduled for Thursday.

“We didn’t play the way we wanted come on, took too many penalties,” Abdelkader said after seven U.S. players were sent to the penalty box during the game.

“Hopefully, we can learn from that.”

Johnny Gaudreau scored a power play goal and added three assists, Drew Shore had a sort-handed goal and Matt Donovan also scored for the U.S. on a power play.

“It was a fun game,” Gaudreau said. “Thanks to my linemates, Abdelkader and Stapleton, two older guys who just help me get better every single day.”

Joel Ward scored two power-play goals and had an assist to lift Canada to a 3-2 victory over Norway to clinch first place in its group.

Ward tied it at 1-1 in the second period before helping to set up Mark Scheifele’s score to make it 2-2. Ward scored the winner — his sixth of the tournament — in the third with 9:17 left. Anders Bastiansen and Mads Hansen scored for Norway.

“We felt good about ourselves,” Ward said. “We had a lot of chances, a lot of shots. We had some power plays. We just got to capitalize on special teams.”

Canada won Group A ahead of Sweden, and will play Finland, the fourth-place team from Group B in the quarterfinals.

Latvia lost 3-2 to Switzerland in a result that sent both teams home.

Defending champion Sweden meets Belarus in the quarterfinals and France is set to play Group B winner Russia.

In the final group stage matches, Russia finished 7-0 in the group stage with a 2-1 victory over host Belarus and the Czech Republic needed an overtime goal to edge France 5-4.

Seregi Plotnikov and Vadim Schipachyov a goal and an assist each for Russia for a 2-0 lead before Vladimir Denisov cut the lead in half in the third.

Star forward Evgeni Malkin joined Russia for the first time after his Pittsburgh Penguins were eliminated from the NHL playoffs, while another star Alex Ovechkin missed the game due to a right knee injury.

“It was hard today to be honest,” Malkin said. “I’ve got good partners and we created chances but it’s a pity that I couldn’t score. The puck just wouldn’t go in for me.”

Germany and Norway didn’t make the knockout round.

Defenseman Jan Kolar scored 2:19 in overtime and Vladimir Sobotka had a goal and two assists as the Czechs had to rally from a 3-0 deficit.

Also, Slovakia beat Denmark 4-3 on Tuesday.

Italy and Kazakhstan, the bottom teams are relegated from the top division and will be replaced with Austria and Slovenia at next year’s worlds at the Czech Republic.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

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2015-2016 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
T. Tatar 5 0 3 1 3
M. Green 5 1 1 -1 2
A. Athanasiou 5 1 0 1 1
G. Nyquist 5 1 0 2 1
H. Zetterberg 5 1 0 3 1
J. Abdelkader 5 1 0 -3 1
B. Richards 5 1 0 -4 1
D. Helm 5 1 0 -1 1
D. Larkin 5 1 0 -2 1
N. Kronwall 5 0 1 3 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 1 2 0 .945 1.36
J. Howard 0 2 0 .891 3.59